(January 18 – written by Dave)
Today we’ll do a quick post to show off some highlights of Zacatecas. We really liked it here – it is feels really old world with lots of narrow streets and steep stairs – mostly it is walkable if you are fit and don’t mind the odd flight of uneven stairs. The city of Zacatecas is located in the south central part of the state of Zacatecas, which is in the middle of the Mexican Plateau. It was founded in 1546 after the discovery of silver. Zacatecas glory days were in the 16th and 17th centuries as the silver was tapped.
Over the years, they’ve done a great job of preserving many of the old buildings, yielding a UNESCO world heritage listing today. It is built on the steep slopes of a narrow valley – we rode over the top of the hills and down into old-town yesterday. I’m still trying to convince Nancy that we don’t have to ride back out the steep slopes that we came in on. All of the streets are bumpy, rough old cobblestones – not exactly bike friendly but they give the city a nice feel.
Like many places on the trip, we’d never heard of Zacatecas before. And also like many places, we’ve only just scratched the surface both in terms of history and culture. Today we just wandered the old-town area with no agenda – it was nice and relaxed. Photos below should give you some idea…
A quick update on our hotel. We are now in our third room. Last night’s room was too noisy and too far from the WIFi for internet. So we moved rooms this morning only to find a flooded toilet and then moved for a third time. Our room now is quite grand – I think they felt sorry for us – this is a very professional hotel. Little do they know, this hotel, any room really, is much better than the places we normally stay by every measure. Thanks for the efforts all the same Mision Zacatecas.
Tomorrow we head towards Aguascalientes – we’ll stop about half way there. Nancy is currently researching hotels and stop options. She is having trouble finding inside photos to check for toilet seats. We’ll be stepping down after a couple nights here for sure.